I know you've seen the movie To Kill a Mockingbird and I bet you love it just as much as I do. I had the great good luck to see the movie again on BluRay, out last month from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
Let me just say that I loved this edition. The quality of the picture and sound were stupendous. And everything, from the rabid dog scene to the courtroom scene, was just as moving, exciting, and heartfelt as I remembered it.
But what's really incredible about the special 50th Anniversary To Kill a Mockingbird edition is the bonus materials. There are over 3 hours of them, and every one is fascinating. This is truly a copy to own and one that you'll view many times.
There is so much on this disc that I'm simply going to copy the promo information, then I'll talk about some of my favorites.
- Fearful Symmetry— A feature-length documentary on the making of To Kill a Mockingbird with cast and crew interviews and a visit to author Harper Lee's home town.
- A Conversation with Gregory Peck— An intimate feature-length documentary on one of the most beloved actors in film history with interviews, film clips, home movies and more.
- 100 Years of Universal: Restoring the Classics— An in-depth look at the film restoration process
- Academy Award® Best Actor Acceptance Speech— Gregory Peck's speech after winning the Academy Award® for his performance as Atticus Finch.
- American Film Institute Life Achievement Award— Gregory Peck's memorable remarks upon receiving the AFI Life Achievement Award.
- Excerpt from “Tribute To Gregory Peck”— Cecilia Peck's heartwarming farewell to her father given at the Academy in celebration of his life.
- Scout Remembers— Actress Mary Badham shares her experiences working with Gregory Peck.
- Feature Commentary with Director Robert Mulligan and Producer Alan Pakula
- Original Theatrical Trailer
In Fearful Symmetry the actors and writers talk about the making of the feature film, and we're treated to vintage photos and movies and interviews with people who knew Harper Lee when she was young. The commentary in this bonus film is not to be missed, and it alone is worth the cost of the DVD/BluRay.
A Conversation with Gregory Peck was filmed and produced by his daughter, and through this documentary we really get to know Peck, his family life, stories of his career, and of course backstage tales of To Kill a Mockingbird. I have always loved Peck, and this was a wonderful look at his life.
Scout Remembers also interesting because we get to see Mary Badham as an adult and learn about the close relationship she had with Peck all her life.
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment did a wonderful job on this anniversary edition, and I can't say enough good things about it. I thank them for the opportunity to review it.
Take a look at the 50th Anniversary Edition trailer to learn more about this not-to-miss version of To Kill a Mockingbird.